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Archive for August, 2013

2013 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the 2013 Dwarf Stars Winners: 1st Place: “Bashō After Cinderella (iii)”, Deborah P. Koloji 2nd Place: “The Hidden”, Mary Turzillo 3rd Place: “Sarcophagus”, N.E. Taylor The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the SFPA to recognize the best speculative poem of 1-10 lines, published in the previous year. […]

Elgin Award Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association announced the creation of the Elgin Award, a new prize to be given annually to the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Award is named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin. The winners and runners-up of the 2013 Elgin […]

SF&F Translation Award Winners

The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in SF & F Translation (ARESFFT) announced the winners of the 2013 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards (for works published in 2012). LONG FORM WINNER Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City, Kai-cheung Dung, translated from the Chinese by Anders Hansson, Bonnie S. McDougall, & the author […]

Lucius Shepard Recovering from Stroke

Ellen Datlow reported on Facebook that author Lucius Shepard, 66, suffered a stroke a week after being admitted to the hospital for various health problems on August 5, 2013. He is now recovering in rehab. Datlow wrote, “He wants everyone to know that he’s okay, that he’s working on it, and that he cannot speak […]

WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2013 Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced: “Bottled Spirits”,  Pamela K. Kinney (Buzzy Mag 6/12) “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species”,  Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12) “Good Hunting”, Ken Liu (Strange Horizons 10/12) “Mornington Ride”, Jason Nahrung (Fablecroft) “Coca Xocolati”,  Lawrence M. Schoen (ReDeus: Divine Tales) “The […]

Overstock To Permanently Match Amazon Book Prices

In July 2013, Internet retailer Overstock.com offered a sale on all its books, pricing them 10% below Amazon’s prices.  In response, Amazon matched Overstock’s new prices. On August 19th, Overstock.com released a statement saying it would permanently match Amazon prices on their print books.  It will also give its “Club O” program members a 15% […]

Elmore Leonard (1925-2013)

Mystery Grand Master Elmore Leonard, 87,  died August 20, 2013 at home in Bloomfield Hills, near Detroit MI, three weeks after suffering a stroke. Leonard was famous for his often darkly comic crime novels and revered by writers for his realistic and witty dialogue and his famous “Ten Rules of Writing”. He occasionally wrote work with speculative […]

Barbara Mertz (1927-2013)

Egyptologist and author Barbara Mertz, 85, who also wrote as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels, died August 8, 2013 at home near Federick MD. Mertz is best known for her popular historical mysteries, especially the Amelia Peabody series about a Victorian-era Egyptologist, beginning with debut The Master of Blacktower (1966, as by Elizabeth Peters). Her […]

Lanagan Wins CBCA Book of the Year Award

Margo Lanagan’s Sea Hearts (Allen & Unwin; published as The Brides of Rollrock Island in the US) won the 2013 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for excellence in young adult literature, announced August 16, 2013 at the National Library in Canberra, Australia.

Williams Leaves Night Shade

Tony Lyons of Skyhorse Publishing and Jarred Weisfeld of Start Publishing have announced the departure of Jason Williams from their Night Shade Books imprint. Williams founded Night Shade Books as an independent publisher in 1997, and worked with Skyhorse/Start after their acquisition of the company earlier this year. Jeremy Lassen remains as editor for Night […]


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